I spent this past Friday afternoon walking around with Ryan and Lauren, a young couple from Michigan who came to New York in the wee hours of the morning under ambiguous pretexts; at least as far as Lauren was concerned.
I first encountered them as they arrived at Central Park’s Belvedere Castle, where I lay in waiting with my camera, lurking. Ryan communicated his intentions using hand gestures while I pretended to fumble with my camera menu or look off into the distance at some awesome scenic.
Finally, the big moment came. When Ryan dropped to one knee to pop the question, I scrambled to get into a good position to catch the action. I fired off a few shots with my 80-200mm lens, darting back and forth to try and get a variety of different angles. In hindsight, I wish I’d used the 17-55mm instead. I was a lot closer than I’d anticipated being, and I’d like to have been able to have captured more of the scene. But, there’s no crying over spilled milk, and I’m still really happy with the results I got.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Ryan and Lauren are happy too:
We spent the next hour or so walking through the park looking for scenic spots to capture some nice portraits. My favorite from the day was the featured image at the top of the post. I captured it using two SB-800s, one with a shoot-thru umbrella, the other bare.
I also like this natural light shot, taken in front of The Lake:
All in all, it was a great outing, and made for some really beautiful material for my second blog post. I hope to be able to do a lot more of this kind of shooting over the coming months. As I told Ryan and Lauren, my favorite part about shooting portraits is meeting new people, talking about life and hearing their stories. I’m happy to have been able to have been there to witness this joyous moment, and I wish them both the best of luck in their new life together.